National Geographic : 1931 Jan
Photograph byCapt. A.W.Stevens OUT OF SHOALS AND MARSHLAND BUENOS AIRES HAS CONJURED ONE OF THEWORLD'S GREATEST PORTS The Rio de la Plata is a mighty estuary, 120 miles wide at its mouth and 28 here, 125 miles inland,yet shifting siltsochokes thechannel that constant dredging is required to keep it clear for big ships from every clime. Not even Chicago, with itsplayground snatched from Lake Michigan, has performed a more remarkable feat than the Argentine capital's construction of its harbor and water front. Through thesheltering breakwater (upper right), ocean-going vessels steam into the man-made canal. To the right of this busy artery may beseen aportion ofthefamous Water Park, which glorifies the city's seaward doorstep.